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Living in Campsea Ashe


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 Editorial Group Richard Fernley Glenys Fear Sheila Holmes Tim Holmes This booklet has been produced for the residents of Campsea Ashe and has been funded by the Parish Council. Digital copies of the booklet are available on, see “About Our Village” section. The digital version will be regularly updated to ensure the document is as up to date as possible. Version 1.2 July 2018


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Welcome All For a while it has been suggested it would be good idea to have a welcome pack for new residents to the village. With recent developments in Campsea Ashe both in terms of new homes and changes to businesses such as the shop, auction house and pub it seemed a good time to pursue this venture. Following the success of publications by the Heritage Group, a committee was formed between members of that group, the Church and the Parish Council to bring together thoughts for a booklet. The Parish Council have agreed to fund the initial publication and many residents have been asked to cast their eyes over the document. Some recent arrivals to the village have been asked to suggest things they would have liked to know when moving here and older hands have contributed their thoughts. It has also been decided that initially every household in the village should receive a copy. The whole booklet could have grown and grown and it was decided a degree of brevity would be important to make it more readable with some indication where further information could be found, mainly on websites. The information contained in the booklet is accurate at the time of going to print, but dates, times and contacts do change, of course, so digital updates will be made from time to time on the website (see “About our Village” section). The village has experienced gradual change in recent years and facilities have improved along with this growth. There is now a clear village centre of the Station House, pub and Village Hall within walking distance of most residents. The Play Area has been expanded in recent years. The Church has been a focal point for over 700 years and continues to be so. We do believe we have a vibrant community and urge residents to use the facilities and become involved in the life of the village. I hope you find the information useful. Richard Fernley, Chair, Campsea Ashe Parish Council May 2018 1!


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Your Church Construction of our beautiful Parish Church, dedicated to St. John the Baptist, began in the 14th century when the chancel was built. The first Rector was appointed in 1312. The elegant, flint tower, 23 metres high, is topped with a distinctive white spirelet and was completed in the 15th century. The Church is always open and visitors find it a place of sanctuary in an otherwise noisy and busy world. We are part of a 7-church benefice with Hacheston, Parham, Marlesford, Brandeston, Easton and Kettleburgh. The Priest-in-Charge, the Revd. Canon Graham Hedger, recently installed, oversees the work of the seven Churches. Church services and other events are advertised in the parish magazine and on the noticeboard outside the Church, as well as on the Church website. We will be delighted to welcome you to these activities. You can find out more about the Church on its website: 2!


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Your Parish Council Campsea Ashe Parish Council meetings are held in the village hall on the third Monday of January, March, May, July, September and November. Agendas, past minutes and other relevant documentation are available on the village website. Parish Council meetings are open and all are welcome. Please come along and find out what happens. At each meeting there is an opportunity for the public to comment on agenda items or raise an issue they would like considered at future meetings. Alternatively you can get involved in local issues through contact with the clerk or any of the councillors listed below. The elected representatives of your District and County Council attend when available to report on issues within their responsibility. Regular business includes issues such as planning, highways and finance including funding of local groups. The Heritage Group, Village Hall and Family and Toddler Group have benefitted recently. Meetings in the last year considered issues such as future developments at Sizewell, the A12 bypass and the Local Plan of Suffolk Coastal District Council. One theme that has recurred throughout these discussions recently has been the increased number and size of HGVs passing though the village. An Action Group within the village has been set up and is supported by the Parish Council to consider possible responses to alleviate the situation, particularly at certain pinch points. If interested in being involved or finding out more about this group please make contact through any of the above avenues. Please get involved and let us know what you want for our village! Councillors: Mr Richard Fernley, Chair Mrs Pat Hayward Mrs Georgina Proctor Mr Nathan Wills Mr Derick Balaam Mrs Linda Main, Vice chair Mr Bob Webb The Clerk to the Council:  Mr Barry Cable District Councillor Mr Ray Herring County Councillor Mr Alexander Nicoll !3


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Your Community Centres and Groups Village Hall The Village Hall, also known as the Victory Hall, is gradually being refurbished having recently been painted, inside and outside, the floor resealed and other internal improvements made. Further work is planned as funding allows. Many village events take place regularly including quizzes, bingo, coffee mornings and other fundraising activities. Currently there are Jive and Bop lessons on Tuesday evenings and a Family and Toddler session on Thursday mornings. The Village Hall Committee always welcomes new volunteers and helpers. The Hall is available for hire for private parties and events. 07795 835424 Family and Toddler Group This relatively new venture has been successful since its introduction. It runs every Thursday morning in the Village Hall from 10.00 am to 12.00 am providing a chance for families to meet, chat, have coffee and cake, and for children to play and socialise. The cost is £2.00 a family, just pop along. For more information, ring Mandy Wood on 07923 546008


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Play Area Through hard work and fundraising by the Village Hall Committee in recent years, facilities for children both young and old have been enhanced. The enclosed area for younger children is next to the Village Hall and is popular both with locals visiting the pub. The equipment is maintained by members of the Parish Council and volunteers to support this work are welcome. Dog exercise is welcome outside the enclosed area but please be mindful of other users and clear up any mess as the whole field is used frequently. Station House At the Station House you will find a cafe, good quality Wifi and broadband, meeting rooms, information on the local area and a history of the East Suffolk Railway. It also provides a service to railway users travelling on the East Suffolk Line between Ipswich and Lowestoft. Station House Community Connections, which runs the Station House, is a Charitable Community Benefit Society. It was established in 2013 to raise the funds to renovate and refurbish the building which had been empty and derelict for 10 years. The cafe is open Monday - Friday 6.00am to 6.00pm, Saturday 6.30am to 6.00pm and Sun 8.30am to 6.00pm. Meeting rooms are available from Monday to Friday 7.00am to 9.00pm, Saturday 9.00am to 9.00pm and Sunday 9.00am to 6.00pm. Volunteers are always welcome. 07856 810828


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Bell Ringing Campsea Ashe Church has a ring of six bells which were restored and augmented from a peal of four, in 2010. Bell ringing practices for everyone, from beginners to experienced ringers, young and old, are available each Saturday from 9.00 am to 10.30 am and there is also a practice held on the fourth Tuesday of the month starting at 7.30 pm. The bellringers are a jolly group of around twelve people of all ages. We welcome visitors and especially those who are interested in learning to ring! We regularly ring prior to Church services at Campsea Ashe and other local churches in the Benefice. We go on an annual tour of other Church bell towers, usually in April, with the ringers from St. Mary’s in Woodbridge and sometimes join the local Suffolk Guild of Ringers’ tours to other churches. For more information call Glenys Fear on 01728 747177 Heritage Group The Heritage Group is an informal group of local people interested in researching the heritage of the village and maintaining the archives that are available. The Group meets two or three times each year and everyone is welcome to join us. Most of the village archives can be found on the Church website which is maintained by the Group. Many of the archives can also be found in hard copy in the Church and visitors are encouraged to view them. The Group arranges a monthly display, mainly photos, in the Church and these usually show what has been happening in the village in the last 100 years or so. 01728 747995 !6


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Local Accommodation A variety of forms of accommodation for visitors is available in the village, including: Dog and Duck Pub Two apartments each sleep four 01728 746211 The Old Rectory Three rooms and Garden Cottage 07801 479846 Brick Kiln Farm Family camping and glamping 01728 747281 !7 Church Farm House Traditional holiday cottage 07775 267812


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Local Businesses Clarke & Simpson Auction Centre The site extends to some five acres and has six sales rooms and additional yard space, plus parking for more than 300 cars. They hold a traditional weekly sale on Mondays, and regular specialised sales throughout the year. You can buy almost anything from here over a period of 12 months! In recent times, the site has featured in BBC TV programmes such as Bargain Hunt and Antiques Road Trip. 01728 746323 Allonsfield House Care Home Allonsfield House is a country farmhouse dating from the 1600’s. This residential care home includes dementia and respite care. 01728 747095 Botanica Nursery Supplying a wide range and variety of plants, including many rare plants and trees that are not often found for sale elsewhere. All plants and trees are English grown 01728 747113 !8


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Dog & Duck Pub A family run ale and eating house focusing on great food and good times.Current opening times are Monday to Saturday 12-00 pm to 3.00 pm and 6.00 pm to 11.00 pm Sunday 12.00 pm to 3.00 pm 01728 746211 The Village Shop is currently closed Village Stores The Old School 
 Rehearsal room and creative space with accommodation available. Ideal for musicians, artists, photographers and many others. 01728 748206 9!


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Local Facilities Medical Centre Wickham Market Medical Centre  01728 747101 A branch surgery is also available at Rendlesham. Pharmacy The nearest pharmacy is in Wickham Market, but for Campsea Ashe residents a pharmacy is available at the Wickham Market Medical Centre. Dentist The nearest dental surgery is at Wickham Market as well as in other neighbouring towns. Local shops Our two nearest small towns with facilities such as supermarkets, DIY and take away restaurants are Wickham Market (3 miles) and Framlingham (6 miles). Woodbridge (8 miles) is a larger town with riverside attractions as well as a theatre/cinema. The County town of Suffolk, Ipswich, is about 10 miles away and, like Woodbridge, is serviced by the train from Campsea Ashe. Vets A number of Veterinary Practices are available at Wickham Market, Rendlesham and Woodbridge. Post Post is collected once each day except Sunday from boxes at the village shop, the playground and Ivy Lodge Road. The nearest Post Office is at Wickham Market. There is normally one postal delivery per day Monday to Saturday. Banking There are no banks in the village, but cash points are available at Wickham Market. The Post Office in Wickham Market will handle many banking items. The nearest bank branches are in Woodbridge and Framlingham. A free local social networking website. !10


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Refuse Collection For most of the village, refuse bin emptying day in Campsea Ashe is currently on Wednesday from 7am with general waste collected one week and recycling and garden waste the following week.  For a few houses, Tuesday is collection day.If you are not sure of what type of collection it is or haven't received a calendar, or have lost your copy, please call Suffolk Coastal Services on  01394 444000 or email  and they will confirm your collection day or send you a new calendar. Garden refuse is collected fortnightly, but this is now charged for. Recycling The village has a glass recycling centre next to the Village Hall Car Park.  The proceeds are for the Village Hall upkeep. Recycling is also available by the Village Hall in Wickham Market. The nearest Council recycling centres are at Foxhall Road, Ipswich IP10 0HT and Lovers Lane, Leiston   IP16 4UJ. They are usually open every day other than Wednesday. Library The mobile library calls at the station car park once a month on the second Wednesday between 11.10 am and 11.45 am. Also available is the Library Resource Centre, Wickham Market. IP13 0SD 01728 747216.  Police  Tel: 999 (emergency only) or 101 for non urgent matters. Suffolk Constabulary: Suffolk Coastal District Council Suffolk Coastal District Council East Suffolk House, Station Road, Melton, Suffolk. IP12 1RT 01394 383789 Suffolk County Council Endeavour House, 8 Russell Road, Ipswich. IP1 2BX 0345 606 6067  !11


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Travel Trains The village is fortunate to have a railway station - albeit it is named after Wickham Market! Trains leave for Ipswich and for Lowestoft about once each hour. Tickets can be purchased from the Conductor on the train or online. Greater Anglia railways: Buses The number 62 bus service started running through Campsea Ashe in 2017 and can be boarded at the station. Currently it runs from Snape to Woodbridge and back on Mondays to Fridays as follows: To Woodbridge 0945 (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday); 1345 Wednesday only. To Snape 1259 (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday); 1406 Wednesday only. Also available is the Demand Responsive Bus Service, Suffolk Link. Tel: 08456 041802. Taxis Base Cars, Rendlesham Framlingham Taxis M & R Cars, Woodbridge 01394 420716 01728 724799 01394 386191 Cycling Cycling is very popular in the area, not least because the area is relatively flat with no major hills to climb. There are several marked cycle routes through the village and a good number of cyclists start their journey from the railway station. For those wanting more adventurous trails have a look at the  mapmyride or  routeyou websites. Footpaths There are many clearly marked footpaths around the village which are reasonably well maintained. They are marked on OS Landranger map 156. Two leaflets outlining short local village trails around the Blackstock and Ash Row areas are available in the Church or they can be downloaded free of charge  from the Church website. !12


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Keeping you informed The Parish Magazine is delivered each month to many households in the village on request. It contains details of Church and other Community events not only in Campsea Ashe but also in Marlesford, Hacheston, Parham and Wickham Market. The advertising section is a very useful guide to local services and tradesmen. The magazine only costs £5 per year. If you would like to have one delivered to your door, please ring Glenys Fear on 01728 747177 who will be pleased to arrange it for you. Copies are also available in the Church. 1! 3



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